WIP: 2/11 -2 Mixed Media

Busy weekend for painting this weekend.  “Practice makes perfect” and I am going full steam ahead with this.  I am submitting my art work for the first time at the member show this year with our local art council.  I have previously submitted my photography but this year it will be my artwork and I am really excited about this.  I haven’t decided what I am submitting yet, but I am enjoying the creative part of figuring that out!

This WIP is mixed media and a combination of Jane Davenport’s aqua pastels, prima pencils, pen and ink, scrap paper, windsor newton watercolors, charcoal pencils.

When She Becomes Alive

This is my favorite part.  I never really thought about it, but since I am painting more and more, I can’t help but notice the collection I have created.  I started documenting with my phone my progress in my art journal paintings.  This is a point that I feel I can stop and where I am.  I realized I had a collection and took a look last night of these stops, here are just some of them.  I’m grateful for starting with learning to draw a face.  For me, something comes out of me and goes into the face that I wasn’t aware was even there.  The eyes are a window into a soul so there comes a point when that window is looking back at me and I can relate to her and another process begins.  I never experienced this before or knew that I could.  In experiencing this, it doesn’t matter the end result, which is what I always thought was the most important thing, it’s not.  I love what I am learning in these paintings about the process, myself, and where I am going in this journey.  These eyes are not done and my current painting, but she is alive now 🙂

Rose Girl

I feel like I am always trying to challenge myself and try different things.  I use to give up very easily.  Things i would work on would get put aside if I didn’t like the way they were turning out.  When I was working on this portrait, I struggled during the drawing.  I was trying to draw a more realistic face and it just wasn’t working.  I ended up drawing her eyes several times.  When I first painted her, she looked like a criminal and was very mean.  I didn’t get a good feeling at all when I completed the first color in her face.  I’m learning and have learned to trust this process and keep going and I’m glad I did. Rose Girl is created with all watercolors.

Fiery Watercolor Owl

 In the winter, at least for the past 3 years, my heart wants to paint a owl.  I’m not sure if it’s because they are more visible in the stillness of winter or the holidays but this painting has been my most challenging to date.  I used only watercolors for this painting and a lot of details, and patience.  I am very excited with the results of this Fiery Owl painting.

Art Journal – Pray

I created “Pray” after I completed the Watercolor Dreams class.  Since the watercolor dreams class I have completed several drawings waiting to be painted.  There were so many that I wanted to do in that same style so it ended up that “Pray” was the first one I completed with techniques from the Watercolor Dreams class.  I am still learning to let go in my paintings.

Watercolor Dreams Class Lesson 1

One of my resolutions for 2018 is to challenge myself artistically.  I see things and have a vision usually of how I want them to be, but a lot of times I get carried away.  I love mixed media and creating something out of multiple things but I also love a much softer, or romantic look.  I have accumulated so many art supplies and have been working with so many different mediums in my mixed media projects, when I saw this class offered, as soon as I saw this lesson I had to sign up.  This is by artist Katrina Koltes and the class is called Watercolor Dreams.  I am so proud of this Butterfly Girl.  Drawing completed by me, no tracing involved and only a few colors of watercolor.


I never really understood art journaling or why it was so popular.  I was always inspired by the art that other people were creating but I always felt like putting it in a book or doing art for yourself was something I didn’t have time to do.  Then I started just doing it.  I still have so many regrets going through so many years and not creating or opening up that part of my mind, but I am coming more to terms with that regret and trying to focus more on going forward and enjoying this process, what I am learning and what I am creating.  Some times my paintings are sad, which is the case in this one which I am calling “Lost.”  What is amazing is once I was completed, those feelings were released.  Art is my therapy!